Bill Welch became involved in racing as
an owner of midgets in the days before WWII. He first built
Offenhousers and later switched to Fords. After the war when midgets
popularity started to wane he switched his interest to Stock cars.
He was a popular motor builder for
this division also.
Welch later became involved in the
promotional end of racing as an officer of the Atlantic Auto Racing
Association which promoted at Brookline, New Hampshire, Westboro,
Mass., and Thompson, Conn.
From his responsibilities as a
promoter he soon assumed duties as a Track Announcer at several
speedways. His soft spoken style and thorough knowledge of the sport
were his trademarks.
Bill Welch totally understood the
business of auto racing. Jackie Arute , Mike Joy, and Dick Berggren
all credit “Welchie” with helping them develop their careers and
helped them develop their own style.
According to auto racing writer
Pete Zanardi, “Bill was an unpaid consultant to everybody. As a
writer I went to “Welchie” a hundred times to check a source or get
a fact straight. The sport never had a greater gentleman than Bill